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Thread for the Starlink 6-16 group launch.

NSF Threads for Starlink 6-16: Discussion

Launch 16 September 2023, at 03:38:20 UTC (15 Sep 11:38 pm EDT), from Canaveral SLC-40, on booster 1078-5.  The first stage successfully landed aboard Just Read the Instructions.

Payload 22 Starlink V2 Mini satellites to 43 degree inclination orbit on a southeastern trajectory.  Initial orbit 284 x 294 km.

Please use the Starlink Discussion Thread for all general discussion on Starlink.

Check the Starlink Index Thread for links to more Starlink information.



L2 SpaceX: https://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?board=60.0
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Cross-posts:
0967-EX-ST-2023  Mission 1899 Starlink Group 6-16
NET June from Florida [NET May 31]
ASDS North  25  38  18   West  74  59  6
All the Florida Starlink Group 6 launches, 6-10 and up, were listed for H2 2023 on our USA launch update thread here.



Then,

https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7184
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Starlink Group 6-16
Launch Time
NET September, 2023



Discussion:
Will there be any non-Starlink September Florida Falcon 9 launches from Florida?  Apparently not (assuming the next mPower launch is not delayed into September).
Possibly USSF-124 if that September 29th launchdate from that recent presentation holds.
And now, O3b mPower is listed NET October/NET Q4, and USSF-124 is listed NET November.

So, we have wall-to-wall 🧱 September Florida Starlink launches! 🍎



September SLC-40 Starlink launches:
Ben Cooper's Launch Photography Viewing Guide, updated August 28:
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Upcoming launches include more Starlink batches from pad 40.

The SLC-40 Starlink mission following 6-14 is likely to launch in mid September.  Assuming (big assumption) that SpaceX continues to launch its Florida Starlink Group 6's in ascending numerical order, this launch will be 6-16.  It is currently listed as launch NET September, from Canaveral SLC-40.
https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/details/7184

(Starlink 6-15 launched earlier this year from Vandenberg SFB; launch thread: Starlink group 6-15 : VSFB SLC-4E : 20 July 2023 (04:09 UTC).)



Starlink 6-11 successfully launched August 27 UTC from SLC-40, with a successful first stage landing aboard JRTI.

Starlink 6-13 successfully launched September 1 UTC from SLC-40, with a successful first stage landing aboard ASOG.

Starlink 6-12 successfully launched September 4 UTC from LC-39A, with a successful first stage landing aboard JRTI.

Starlink 6-14 is currently scheduled to launch from SLC-40 on September 8 UTC, with a first stage landing aboard ASOG.

Starlink 6-16 (pending identity confirmation) could launch from SLC-40 as early as September 12 UTC, with a first stage landing aboard JRTI.  (4 day pad turnaround, 8 day JRTI turnaround.)



Edit/add September 7 cross-post:

NextSpaceflight, updated September 7:
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Starlink Group 6-16
Launch Time
Fri Sep 15, 2023 02:20 GMT
...
Just Read the Instructions
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SLC-40, Cape Canaveral SFS, Florida, USA
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Per https://nextspaceflight.com/launches/?search=spacex 7 Sept update
15 September 02:20 UTC (14th 2122:20 ET)
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Two NGA Space Debris notices (the same notice for two different navigational areas).

Quote from: NGA
092245Z SEP 23
HYDROPAC 2905/23(57, 61, 71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
SOUTH AFRICA.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   2359Z TO 0658Z DAILY 14 THRU 20 SEP
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00E,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00E, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 210758Z SEP 23.
Quote from: NGA
092245Z SEP 23
HYDROLANT 2033/23(57, 61, 71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
SOUTH AFRICA.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   2359Z TO 0658Z DAILY 14 THRU 20 SEP
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00E,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00E, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 210758Z SEP 23.

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Two NGA Space Debris notices (the same notice for two different navigational areas).

Map from the NGA notices, similar but not identical to those for Starlinks 6-12 and 6-14.

EDIT:
NGA Rocket Launching notice.

Map from the NGA notice. ASDS 640km downrange.
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NGA Rocket Launching notice.

Quote from: NGA
082151Z SEP 23
NAVAREA IV 1048/23(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   150030Z TO 150502Z SEP, ALTERNATE 160007Z TO
   160439Z, 162340Z TO 170410Z, 172316Z TO 180349Z,
   182251Z TO 190323Z, 192226Z TO 200258Z AND
   202201Z TO 210233Z SEP IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-38.54N 080-37.36W, 28-38.00N 080-30.00W,
      28-25.00N 080-09.00W, 28-21.00N 080-11.00W,
      28-30.93N 080-33.25W.
   B. 25-59.00N 076-03.00W, 26-16.00N 076-03.00W,
      26-06.00N 074-58.00W, 25-36.00N 074-03.00W,
      25-23.00N 073-53.00W, 25-09.00N 074-01.00W,
      25-06.00N 074-16.00W, 25-08.00N 074-38.00W,
      25-18.00N 075-00.00W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 210333Z SEP 23.

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NGA Rocket Launching notice.

NextSpaceflight, updated September 10:
Launch 15 September 00:45 UTC = 14 September 8:45 pm EDT

I wonder if high seas 🌊 from Hurricane Lee 🌀 in the western North Atlantic will delay the launch because recovery aboard JRTI is too hazardous?
 🤔
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Which first stage will be used for this launch (semi-rhetorical question)?

The May 16 press briefing revealed Falcon 9 first stages are now cleared for use up to twenty times for Starlink launches.  Will this launch be the first 17th launch of a Falcon 9 first stage?

1064.4 and 1065.4 are reserved as the Falcon Heavy side boosters for Psyche.

1072.1 is reserved for Cygnus NG-20.

1076.8 and 1073.11 may undergo modifications to become Falcon Heavy side boosters for a future launch, but are apparently still available for "single-stick" launches at the current time.

Available first stages, with UTC date of most recent recovery:
1058.17  Jul 10
1060.17  Jul 16
1062.16  Jul 28 (after "deep" inspection?)
1078.5    Aug 7
1069.10  Aug 11
1067.14  Aug 17
1081.2    Aug 26 (maybe)
1080.4    Aug 27 (maybe)

Edit September 14: It's B1078.5.  The 17th, 17th, and 16th flight boosters were skipped over.
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wouldnt b1080 and b1081 be on like 19 or 20 day turnarounds (beat the turnaround record)?
i think its unlikely they would fly those boosters given there are many others that flew longer ago

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https://www.fly.faa.gov/adv/adv_spt.jsp:

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SPACE X STARLINK 6-16 (X1866) CCSFS, FL
PRIMARY:   09/15/23   0030-05021=
BACKUP:      09/16/23   0007-0439Z
      09/16/23   2340-0410Z
      09/17/23   2316-0349Z
      09/18/23   2251-0323Z
      09/19/23   2226-0258Z
      09/20/23   2201-0233Z

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Another pair of NGA Space Debris notices (the same notice for two different Navigational Areas). These run a day longer than the previous set, but they do not cancel the previous set.

Quote from: NGA
111237Z SEP 23
HYDROLANT 2040/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   2359Z TO 0658Z DAILY 14 THRU 21 SEP
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 220758Z SEP 23.
Quote from: NGA
111237Z SEP 23
HYDROPAC 2916/23(57,61,71).
EASTERN SOUTH ATLANTIC.
INDIAN OCEAN.
DNC 01, DNC 02, DNC 03.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   2359Z TO 0658Z DAILY 14 THRU 21 SEP
   IN AREA BOUND BY
   08-53.00S 092-28.00E, 07-46.00S 089-27.00E,
   30-12.00S 061-09.00E, 40-45.00S 002-21.00W,
   42-56.00S 002-24.00W, 32-16.00S 063-10.00E.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 220758Z SEP 23.


Crosby Skipper + JRTI departed PC on Sep 11 @ 8:13pm ET

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https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1701424559944069446

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Two more launches are coming up, and you won't be shocked to hear they are both Falcon 9 launches with Starlinks.

Trevor Sensic (@124970MeV) with the details:

https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/09/starlink-7-2-6-14/

Re SLC-40:

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in the middle of 2022, the pad was launching a mission every 11-13 days. This has been more than cut in half, with the current average time between launches at between five and six days between launches.

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https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1701381672116109472

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Just Read the Instructions droneship is underway from Florida for Starlink 6-16. Tug Crosby Skipper towing.

nsf.live/spacecoast

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https://twitter.com/tskelso/status/1701676328578343029

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CelesTrak has pre-launch SupGP data for the #Starlink Group 6-16 launch from Cape Canaveral on 2023-09-15 at 04:03:40 UTC: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/table.php?FILE=starlink-g6-16. Deployment of 22 satellites is set for 05:08:56.240 UTC. Data for 1 backup launch opportunity is also provided.

Bob departed PC on Sep 12 @ 8:22pm ET.  Fairing recovery.  Go Bob

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L-1 weather forecast. 65% 'Go' for September 15. 45% 'Go' for September 16. Booster Recovery Weather risk is Moderate for September 15 and Low-Moderate for September 16. All other Additional Risk Criteria are Low.

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I wonder if high seas 🌊 from Hurricane Lee 🌀 in the western North Atlantic will delay the launch because recovery aboard JRTI is too hazardous? 🤔

L-1 weather forecast. <snip>
Booster Recovery Weather risk is Moderate for September 15 and Low-Moderate for September 16. <snip>
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https://twitter.com/spaceoffshore/status/1702049137028743353

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JRTI droneship is taking an indirect route thru Bahamas to reach the Starlink LZ. Support ship Bob got underway last night and taking the same path.

Hurricane Lee is churning up the Atlantic Ocean, this route gives crews some shelter. Hopefully improved enough for launch day.

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Ahead of tonight’s Falcon 9 launch of @Starlink satellites, teams are keeping an eye on Hurricane Lee in the Atlantic Ocean which could impact conditions for recovery operations → spacex.com/launches

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SpaceX is targeting Friday, September 15 at 12:03 a.m. ET (04:53 UTC) for a Falcon 9 launch of 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. If needed, an additional opportunity is available at 12:30 a.m. ET (04:30 UTC). Two backup opportunities are also currently available on Friday, September 15 at 11:38 p.m. ET (03:38 UTC September 16) and Saturday, September 16 at 12:07 a.m. ET (04:07 UTC).

This is the fifth flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-6, SES O3b mPOWER, and two Starlink missions. (=B1078-5) Following stage separation, the first stage will land on the Just Read the Instructions droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

A live webcast of this mission will begin on X @SpaceX about five minutes prior to liftoff.

https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=sl-6-16
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PDF of online press kit. Only two launch opportunities this time, at 04:03:40 and 04:30:30 UTC.
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https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1702470033254072571
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Standing down from tonight’s Falcon 9 launch attempt, next available opportunity is 11:38 p.m. ET tomorrow night → http://spacex.com/launches
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https://www.spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=sl-6-16
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SpaceX is targeting Friday, September 15 at 11:38 p.m. ET (03:38 UTC on September 16) for a Falcon 9 launch of 22 Starlink satellites to low-Earth orbit from Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. If needed, an additional opportunity is available at 12:07 a.m. (04:07 UTC) on Saturday, September 16.

This is the fifth flight for the first stage booster supporting this mission, which previously launched Crew-6, SES O3b mPOWER, and two Starlink missions. Following stage separation, the first stage will land on the Just Read the Instructions droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.
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A cancel-and-replace NGA Rocket Launching notice for the postponement. An additional Backup Day is added.

Quote from: NGA
150132Z SEP 23
NAVAREA IV 1063/23(11,26).
WESTERN NORTH ATLANTIC.
FLORIDA.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, ROCKET LAUNCHING
   160300Z TO 160439Z SEP, ALTERNATE 170235Z TO 170410Z,
   180210Z TO 180349Z, 190145Z TO 190323Z,
   200110Z TO 200258Z, 210045Z TO 210233Z AND
   220010Z TO 220208Z SEP IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. 28-38.54N 080-37.36W, 28-38.00N 080-30.00W,
      28-25.00N 080-09.00W, 28-21.00N 080-11.00W,
      28-30.93N 080-33.25W.
   B. 25-59.00N 076-03.00W, 26-16.00N 076-03.00W,
      26-06.00N 074-58.00W, 25-36.00N 074-03.00W,
      25-23.00N 073-53.00W, 25-09.00N 074-01.00W,
      25-06.00N 074-16.00W, 25-08.00N 074-38.00W,
      25-18.00N 075-00.00W.
2. CANCEL NAVAREA IV 1048/23.
3. CANCEL THIS MSG 220308Z SEP 23.

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Most likely reason for the scrub is unfavorable recovery weather, hence Elon's previous post about Hurricane Lee.
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https://twitter.com/TSKelso/status/1702517764764917876
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.@SpaceX is now targeting the #Starlink Group 6-16 launch for 2023-09-16 at 03:38:20 UTC (https://spacex.com/launches/mission/?missionId=sl-6-16). CelesTrak pre-launch SupGP data has now been updated.
03:38:20
04:07:30
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Please correct first post - s/b 11:38 pm (thank you).

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T-38 minutes. The SpaceX launch director should be verifying go to start propellant loading.
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NSF webcast has begun.
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design #1:  Engineering is done with numbers.  Analysis without numbers is only an opinion.

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T-35 minutes. First stage LOX loading and first and second stage RP-1 loading should be starting about now.
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"All systems are looking good and weather is trending favorably for tonight’s Falcon 9’s launch of 22 @Starlink
 satellites from Florida. Propellant load is underway → http://spacex.com/launches"

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1702880920032669706
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T-25 minutes. Vapour coming off bottom of first stage LOX tank.
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T-16 minutes. Second stage LOX loading should be starting about now.
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T-7 minutes. Engine chill should be starting about now.
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T-4 minutes. Strongback is retracting.
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T-1 minute. Falcon 9 is in startup.

LD is go for launch.
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Liftoff!
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First stage separation.

Engine ignition.

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Fairing separation.

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Entry burn.

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Landing burn.

Touchdown!

Cutoff. Upcoming events.

00:54:01 2nd stage engine starts (SES-2)
00:54:03 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
01:05:11 Starlink satellites deploy
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Landing burn.

Touchdown!

Cutoff. Upcoming events.

00:54:01 2nd stage engine starts (SES-2)
00:54:03 2nd stage engine cutoff (SECO-2)
01:05:11 Starlink satellites deploy

Congrats, SpaceX! (pending successful deployment, of course)
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"Falcon 9’s second stage has one additional burn coming up in ~40 minutes, followed by @Starlink
 satellite deploy in ~50 minutes"

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1702892928979616164
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Congrats on another launch.

I miss the before times when these were on YouTube
Wildly optimistic prediction, Superheavy recovery on IFT-4 or IFT-5

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While we are waiting, my 2 cents: 

SpaceX stopped narrating a week before the "X" launch, perhaps to save money? That trend has continued.

Second, since the changeover we have only had rocket camera shots of the climb-out. No land-based tracking camera shots. Initially, this was due to weather/clouds, but that was not the case for tonight's launch. So rocket camera shots only. Again, money-saving perhaps?

For land-based camera footage of these launches, SpaceX launches will have to rely on NSF cameras and other public ones.

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The following video was brought to you, by the crew from SpaceDev.  Currently at 360p and rendering to 1080p in about 30 minutes.

Update at 12:33 a.m. ET  now at 720p60fps

Update at 3:30 a.m. ET  now at 1080p60fps


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T+54 minutes and 1 second. Expected ignition for two seconds.
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Tony De La Rosa, ...I'm no Feline Dealer!! I move mountains.  but I'm better known for "I think it's highly sexual." Japanese to English Translation.

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T+1 hour 5 minutes and 11 seconds. Expected separation.
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"Deployment of 22 @Starlink satellites confirmed"

https://twitter.com/SpaceX/status/1702906306049560678
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Thanks again Steven for your updates. Appreciate your efforts despite the limited information to work from.
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https://twitter.com/nasaspaceflight/status/1702880441668091985

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Live from Cape Canaveral, SpaceX Falcon 9 launch with Starlink 6-16 out of SLC-40:

Overview:
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2023/09/starlink-7-2-6-14/

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Some crazy lightning!

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LAUNCH! SpaceX Falcon 9 B1078-5 launches the Starlink 6-16 mission from SLC-40.

Overview:
nasaspaceflight.com/2023/09/starli…

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NSF view of launch

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NSF booster shots

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And that's 152 successful landings in a row!

Touchdown on Just Read The Instructions.

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Friday night is for lovers of launches. Falcon 9 lofting another batch of starlink satellites.

@NASASpaceflight Mission 6-16 replay:
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More landing shots from SpaceX stream

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📷 Successful Launch! 🚀

Late Friday night on August 15, SpaceX illuminated the night sky with the successful launch of the Starlink Group 6-16 satellites from Cape Canaveral!  Under the guidance of the visionary Elon Musk, the Falcon 9 rocket soared, marking a significant milestone in our journey towards global connectivity. This mission brings us one step closer to a world where internet access knows no bounds. Congratulations to the SpaceX team on this monumental achievement! @SpaceX @SLDelta45 @Starlink

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The Falcon 9 goes subsonic just before it hits the clouds.  Stunning launch from this evening over at Cape Canaveral!

📸 by me for @SpaceflightNow

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Forgot to post this earlier - pad clear.

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CelesTrak has ephemeris-based SupGP data for all 22 satellites from the #Starlink Group 6-16 launch (2023-144) atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral on Sep 16 at 0338 UTC: spaceflightnow.com/2023/09/14/liv…. Data for the launch can be found at: https://celestrak.org/NORAD/elements/supplemental/table.php?INTDES=2023-144

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Video of last night’s @Starlink satellite deployment

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Developed in-house, the dielectric mirrors on the surface of the satellites and extremely dark black paint for angled surfaces or those not conducive to mirror adhesion help absorb and redirect light away from the ground

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We firmly believe in the importance of protecting the night sky for all to enjoy, which is why the Starlink team has been working with leading astronomers around the world to reduce satellite brightness

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The Starlink team continues to share best practices for brightness mitigation, and has made the dielectric mirror film available at cost to other satellite operators → https://api.starlink.com/public-files/BrightnessMitigationBestPracticesSatelliteOperators.pdf
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Some reusability stats for this launch (Starlink Group 6-16):

Booster B1078.5 turnaround time: 40 days 0 hours 57 minutes
(its previous mission was Starlink Group 6-8 on Aug 7, 2023 UTC).

FYI: median turnaround time for Falcon 9 / Heavy boosters is currently 56.60 days *
* – based on the last 30 launches, excluding new first stages.

Launchpad SLC-40 turnaround time: 7 days 0 hours 25 minutes
(the previous launch from this pad was Starlink Group 6-14 on Sep 9, 2023 UTC).

FYI: median turnaround time for SLC-40 is currently 7.40 days *
* – based on the last 30 launches.

The same type of stats for previous SpaceX launches may be found on this spreadsheet online.

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Two fairing halves and a Falcon 9 booster safely delivered to Florida this morning - Starlink 6-16.

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